Gary and Paul O’Donovan have won gold in the A Final of the lightweight double sculls at the World Cup Regatta in Lucerne.
Sanita Puspure also secured a silver medal for Ireland in the women’s event.
The Skibberen men led from the 800m mark but were pushed hard from Denmark and Belgium with the brothers edging out the race by 0.8 seconds with Belgium three seconds behind the Danes.
Our World Rowing Cup III winners, Gold medalists in the lightweight men’s double sculls, Gary & Paul O’Donovan and Silver medalist in the Women’s single sculls, Sanita Puspure. Fantastic results & huge congratulations from all of us at the #IrishRowChamp2018 🥇🥈 pic.twitter.com/3gjiQwNS0R
— Rowing Ireland (@RowingIreland) July 15, 2018
Meanwhile Puspure, under intense pressure from the third placed Canadians, pushed up hard on eventual winner, Jeannine Gmelin of host country Switzerland and just missed out on a gold medal by a quarter of a second.
There was further success for Ireland as the men’s pair of Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan took third in their B Final, ninth overall while Monika Dukarska and Aileen Crowley also took third in their B Final.